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1997 Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
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Silver Oak Winery
About Silver Oak Cellars

Prestigious and fashionable, Silver Oak produces only two wines, its Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Both are medium-bodied and smooth, with exotic suggestions of bourbon, cocoa butter and chocolate from the American oak barrels in which they are aged for 30 months or longer.

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1997 Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

Producer: Silver Oak Cellars
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: California
Region: Sonoma
Appellation: Alexander Valley

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88 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2002

Ruby-red, with a hint of development at the rim. Classic California cabernet aromas of blackcurrant, tar and menthol. Began slightly lean and herbaceous but seemed to put on weight and gain in texture as it opened in the glass. Firm acids are a bit tart but not quite spiky. Finishes firmly tannic, with a faint greenness and a note of coconutty sweet oak.

88 Points | Wine Spectator
89 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Typical Silver Oak
03/19/2002
by fctsui
Very American oak in nose and flavors. Medium bodied with currant and coffee in flavors. A little short in finish and after taste. Not as fruity as the Napa Valley version.
12/08/2001
by Exploding German Toads
I like this Alexander Valley variety better than the Napa one.

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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon built its reputation on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Here, in the district of Medoc, the varietal is the key component of blended wines that also may include some Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec and Petit Verdot. Moving slightly south, Cabernet Sauvignon meets Merlot in roughly equal proportions in the red wines of Graves. In both of these Bordeaux regions, the top bottles...
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